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Cops chase, kill agitated school bus driver

There are 33 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 29, 2009, titled Cops chase, kill agitated school bus driver. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A disgruntled school bus driver led police on a chase through the south suburbs Friday, ramming police cars and civilian vehicles before he was fatally shot by police after driving toward an officer.

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chitown dude

Mount Prospect, IL

#1 May 29, 2009
Is it just me or does it seem killing him was a bit too much. I maybe getting soft.
Reader

Bolingbrook, IL

#2 May 29, 2009
I agree chitown dude. I didn't read anywhere that they used spike strips to flatten the bus tires. It's amazing the monitor on board didn't get badly hurt.

The shootings and robberies that are taking place have just multiplied and I fear it will only get worse.
Question

Champaign, IL

#3 May 30, 2009
Why won't the Tribune Company pay its bills?

PAY YER bills, bankrupts
Copper1

Naperville, IL

#4 May 30, 2009
Good work Riverdale & South Holland police, thank you for risking your lives to save ours,

Thank You!
Defender of Freedom

Grayslake, IL

#5 May 30, 2009
The guy tried to run down police officers several times, thus, he was attempting to kill or injure a police officer. Additionally, he has a hostage on board the bus and no one knows if he's armed or not, nor what he's intending to do. While it may see cruel it's a justifiable shooting.

Robberies and crime stats typically do go up during economic down turns. People get desperate.

Since: Mar 09

Cape Coral, FL

#6 May 30, 2009
Defender of Freedom wrote:
The guy tried to run down police officers several times, thus, he was attempting to kill or injure a police officer. Additionally, he has a hostage on board the bus and no one knows if he's armed or not, nor what he's intending to do. While it may see cruel it's a justifiable shooting.
Robberies and crime stats typically do go up during economic down turns. People get desperate.
I agree......this guy worked very diligently to get his well deserved sentence. He very well could have taken someone else along his path of destruction.
Lance

Glenview, IL

#7 May 30, 2009
Boy, first the headline was Man Hijacks School Bus (no mention of whether kids are on board)...then it was Cops Exchange Gunfire After Chase with Bus Hijacker (no mention of kids)....then it was Man Fatally Shot in Gun Battle After Hijacking Bus....and now it is Cops Shoot Agitated Bus Driver. "Agitated Bus Driver?" You have got to be kidding me. First he was an armed hijacker, presumably with kids on board (otherwise, wouldn't he just be a bus thief?), shooting at cops. Now we find out he was an actual bus drive that was, gasp, driving a bus? And magically the "exchange of gunfire" has disappeared from the story, I guess made hard to include, what, with the lack of a firearm. This whole thing smells terribly fishy. At the very least, the reporting was incredibly shoddy.
Sick Of It

United States

#8 May 30, 2009
Don't give me this bull about people do this because of economic downturn. Most of these offenders never worked a day in their life. How can you explain economic downturn for this creep--he had a job.

People need to stop making excuses for bad behavior. There are plenty of people who are truly affected by the economic downturn and don't turn to robbing/murdering anyone.
Defender of Freedom wrote:
The guy tried to run down police officers several times, thus, he was attempting to kill or injure a police officer. Additionally, he has a hostage on board the bus and no one knows if he's armed or not, nor what he's intending to do. While it may see cruel it's a justifiable shooting.
Robberies and crime stats typically do go up during economic down turns. People get desperate.
Tyrone Washington III

Milford, MA

#9 May 30, 2009
chitown dude wrote:
Is it just me or does it seem killing him was a bit too much. I maybe getting soft.
You are VERY soft....he tried to kill people with his truck. You wanna play? Let's play!
SouthernGirl

Ankeny, IA

#10 May 30, 2009
Wow -- didn't those police whiz kids consider shooting out the tires instead of killing somebody?
head shots

Downers Grove, IL

#11 May 30, 2009
just another reason for the cops to use their replacement phalases.I do have question though, if he was acting "erratic" at the depot, why did anyone allow him to get a set of keys to a bus? You can bet on one thing, if this person was black there will be lawsuits against the cops. And most likley the bus company for all the wrecked cars and other damage
cliff zeider

Le Claire, IA

#12 May 30, 2009
Hey, Great Police work. cz
Joe

Springfield, IL

#13 May 30, 2009
chitown dude wrote:
Is it just me or does it seem killing him was a bit too much. I maybe getting soft.
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Are you crazy? The guy was driving a huge killing machine and he intentionally crashed into civilians and the police. He needed to be taken out. Also, the monitor's life that was on the bus was in jeopardy which gives the police legal authority afforded by state statute to shoot the guy.
reader

Homewood, IL

#14 May 30, 2009
The police did what they had to do to protect the community. They did a fantastic job of minimizing the damage the bus driver could have caused. I feel bad for the bus driver--he obviously had a mental health issue. Peace and prayers to all involved.
G Kose

United States

#15 May 30, 2009
Just shoot the suspect, it's make easier for police, but you can't bring that guy back. I believe they could easily catch that guy without shooting him. Police should save lives, it's include suspected ones too.
Allison L

Westchester, IL

#16 May 30, 2009
G Kose wrote:
Just shoot the suspect, it's make easier for police, but you can't bring that guy back. I believe they could easily catch that guy without shooting him. Police should save lives, it's include suspected ones too.
I am sure no one suspects you have a life. Outside of this, the police did their job of protecting the community from a volatile situation. Nice work, officers.
irishcop

Chicago, IL

#17 May 30, 2009
Lance wrote:
Boy, first the headline was Man Hijacks School Bus (no mention of whether kids are on board)...then it was Cops Exchange Gunfire After Chase with Bus Hijacker (no mention of kids)....then it was Man Fatally Shot in Gun Battle After Hijacking Bus....and now it is Cops Shoot Agitated Bus Driver. "Agitated Bus Driver?" You have got to be kidding me. First he was an armed hijacker, presumably with kids on board (otherwise, wouldn't he just be a bus thief?), shooting at cops. Now we find out he was an actual bus drive that was, gasp, driving a bus? And magically the "exchange of gunfire" has disappeared from the story, I guess made hard to include, what, with the lack of a firearm. This whole thing smells terribly fishy. At the very least, the reporting was incredibly shoddy.
Well Dummy that is the news people listening to the idots on the street and writing whatever not the police. Not ever did the police say there was an exchange of gunfire, it was the media not verifying the story!!
festivus

United States

#18 May 30, 2009
wow...you liberals are getting more ridiculous by the day! This isn't tv...it's real life. There is no "shooting out the tires"...which besides being ridiculous could also cause the bus to crash and injure innocent people. And "spike strips"? Give me a break! Do you really think any small departments have those available?(Or large ones for that matter). The guy tried to run down a police officer WITH A GIANT BUS!!! If you had a bus coming at you what would YOU do? You liberals will never learn! Nice work to all police officers involved
irishcop

Chicago, IL

#19 May 30, 2009
SouthernGirl wrote:
Wow -- didn't those police whiz kids consider shooting out the tires instead of killing somebody?
that just shows how bright you are and watch too much TV. You do not shoot out tires because the driver then has no control over the vehicle and could easily kill someone.
chigirl

Batavia, IL

#20 May 30, 2009
I think I was driving behind this guy's cousin the other day. The bus nearly sideswiped several cars trying to pass the cars in front of me. On the right. Do these bus companies ever check these drivers? Or do they rely on the public calling the number on the How Am I Driving decal on the back that is useless.

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